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Josie Ahlquist

Digital Engagement and Leadership Speaker, Author, Consultant, and Coach

Through speaking, coaching, teaching, and consulting, Dr. Josie Ahlquist guides educational leaders, organizations, and students to practice purposeful digital leadership. Her practical, evidence-based frameworks empower clients to build and implement a digital engagement strategy that fits their life, their audience, and their purpose. Josie’s work is grounded in her grant-funded and award-winning research that has allowed her to train thousands around the globe as a speaker; provide consulting services to institutions and companies; and coach professionals in branding, voice, and positioning.

Josie 's work has appeared in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, The Journal of Leadership Studies, NASPA Leadership Exchange, Technology and Higher Education, and Contested Issues in Troubled Times: Student Affairs Dialogues on Equity, Civility, and Safety (Stylus Publishing, 2019). She also served as co-editor and author of the New Directions in Student Services volume Engaging the Digital Generation, and the New Directions in Student Leadership volume Going Digital in Student Leadership.

Josie is a three-time LinkedIn Top Voice in Education, has been recognized by Ed Tech Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” for five years. Her podcast, Josie and The Podcast, has been featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Her new book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World was listed as an Amazon #1 new release for college and university student life.

Josie received her EdD in higher education leadership from California Lutheran University, an MEd in counseling from Northern Arizona University, and a BA in sociology and human development and family studies from South Dakota State University. Prior to her independent path, Josie spent nearly 15 years on college campuses in areas of student leadership, student activities, residence life, and student affairs communications and marketing. She currently serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University Leadership Learning Research Center, where her curriculum builds digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates to doctoral students.

For more information about Josie Ahlquist’s research, speaking, coaching, and consulting, visit www.josieahlquist.com

Connect with Josie on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Josie Ahlquist’s Session(s):


9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Pacific Time —

Panel: Creating Relevant Content & Growing Your Audience on TikTok

Developing relevant content and growing an audience on TikTok requires a unique skill set and mindset. In this panel, speakers will share what they’ve learned on their journeys in developing their TikTok channels. Attendees will discover key tips for making the most of their presence on the platform, whether they are still testing it out or are looking for other growth strategies.

Discussion topics include:

  • How to stay up to date on TikTok trends to inform timely, relevant content
  • Getting starting on a new platform while balancing your remaining workload
  • Insights on how to grow your audience when you’re just getting started
  • How to capitalize on the unpolished and authentic quality of the platform
  • How to collaborate on content with affiliated college or university accounts, faculty, staff, leadership, and students
  • Identifying your TikTok content pillars that align with your institution’s brand
  • Examples of content that have worked well and how you can replicate them on your channel

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